Exodus 32:11-14 NKJV
“Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ” So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”
-Moses interceded for the people whom God put under him. When the people sinned against God and worshipped the golden calf they had created, God’s anger arose. Moses reminded God of His mercy, and repented on behalf of the people. He asked God to turn away His wrath from the people. God answered and relented from the harm He had intended to bring to His people. As leaders we learn from this, to stand in the gap for those we lead. To go into the presence of God in repentance on behalf of our people whom we lead and make intercession and supplication for them. Truly just as God heard the prayers of Moses, He shall hear the leaders prayers. Joshua son of Nun also interceded for the people God had made him leader over. In Joshua 7:6-9, he tore his clothes and asked God to remember His great name that His people will not be wiped off from the face of the earth by the Amalekites and the Canaanites. All leaders should learn to take up the burdens of the people whom we are leading and present the to God. Also to refer to God’s Word on behalf of His people. This will enable leaders to lead effectively in the Lord and bring God’s will onto His people, for the glory and honor of His name.
Lord You are Holy, You are Righteous, You are our Lord in who we trust. Some trust in idols, but we trust in You Lord our God. May You show Yourself strong and glorify Your name in our lives, families, churches and nation. May Your name be exulted in all the heavens and the earth. May Your purposes come to pass on earth as it is in heaven. May You forgive us all our trespasses, those of our families, communities and all people. I pray that Your people may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that they may approve the things that are excellent. That they may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Amen
Further reading: James 5:19-20, Philippians 1:9-11